And so, with some sunshine, little fanfare and a temperature of only 33 degrees, Winter stepped aside yesterday afternoon to let pretty little Spring take the stage.
The newly-minted growing season has been making itself known inside here at the Nest for sometime, though. I hope by the middle of next week, I will have a host of these larger morning glory seedlings repotted into the growing container where they will live out the summer. I see the first true leaves are about to form, so they will be wanting to climb on some of the deadfall branches I collected from the woods on St. Patty’s Day pretty soon.
Once I’ve gotten them moved out of the seed greenhouse, I’ve recently recalled that I have some seeds sent my way by Butch last fall, from those beautiful blue columbines of his. I should’ve started these first and probably earlier in the winter, even. But those seeds arrived back in the fall, one of the first pieces of mail to arrive after moving in here, and I’ve only recently uncovered the “safe place” where I had them stored.
No worries, though, I can think of a number of places where I think they will do quite nicely hereabouts.
There’s also that trio of clementine seedlings who’ll be wanting little pots of their own (Virginia Woolf would be so proud.) very shortly, too.
I’m happy to say, what with all the morning glories who’re needing attention, that the sweet pea seeds have been a little more reasonable and considerate in their growing, and thus far, only these three have sprung. I’m sure that’s only the start of course. I expect that long before it’s warm enough to plant things outside, I will have every square inch of window pane filled with little seedpots.
To welcome the season, and also to continue the business of making the Nest into a proper home, I went off on a little safari yesterday, to some unfinished wood product stores here on the Cape I’m fond of. I’ve gotten shelves there before and this time, was looking for picnic-style benches for my dining room table, figuring that they have a narrow enough profile to work well in the limited space and also to accomodate more than one butt for those theoretical impromptu dinner parties.
I’m a little disappointed that those were not yet available, as I had been told to expect they would be by this point in the spring, but I’ve left a note with them now, so I should receive word whenever they are actually available to me. However, it was not a lost roadtrip, as I discovered a nursery which had some hearty flats of PANSIES (!!!!!) offered for sale. I resisted the temptation to buy flats and flats of them.
They are hearty enough to be planted outdoors now, which would satisfy some of that early-season craving to get out there and dig. But let’s be honest, if I planted all the pansies I wanted, there wouldn’t be room for any of the other flowers I love later in the season.
I’ve little else to prattle on about (*aside from the annual business of twitterpation just beginning to take hold) so come, join me in delighting in the cheery little faces of some bright new members of my garden family.
Happy Spring, everyone!